What You Can Do:
Missouri Vital Records Background Checks
As a “closed records” state, Missouri requires that only a parent, guardian or the individual named on the document is permitted to request a vital record. The exception to obtaining another person’s birth, death, marriage or divorce certficate, such as to use in Missouri background checks, is to show adequate legal proof for requiring the information. The reason for your request of someone else’s vital records should be made clear on your request application.
A form must be obtained from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, and mailed back, properly filled out with the appropriate fee. If you have questions, it’s best to get these answered first, so that you don’t waste the fee amount when you may not even be eligible to request another person’s documents. At the time of this writing, birth certificate copies are $15, while death certificates, from 1910 to the present, are $13.